Air Pictorial 1955-11
The journal of a roving spotter
ILYUSHIN IL-14 ("CRATE") . First seen in the United Kingdom in March this year, the IL-14 (N.A.T.O. "Crate") is an improved version of the well-known IL-12 (N.A.T.O. "Coach"). It is in service with the Soviet Air Force, Aeroflot and some of the Satellite air lines. Major differences between the IL-12 and the IL-14 lie in the modified fin, higher-powered engines, smaller number of windows and modified undercarriage doors of the latter. Altogether the IL-14 presents a neater appearance than the IL-12.
Salient features: A bulbous airliner, the IL-14 has a blunt nose, stepped cockpit with noticeable side windows and square passenger windows commencing well aft. The wing has equi-taper on the outer panels, while the leading edge inboard of the engines is set forward. There are large fillets at the root trailing edge. The fin is broad chord and square-cut with a small dorsal fillet. Engine nacelles are centrally slung and are cleaned up in comparison with those on the IL-12. The twin-wheel main undercarriage legs retract forwards into the nacelles while the nosewheel retracts rearwards.
Photograph illustrates a Russian military V.I.P. transport at London Airport. On the fin is the serial no. 4340203 and on the rudder, "012" .
ILYUSHIN IL-14 ("CRATE") . Data: Designer : S. Ilyushin. Power: two 2,600-h.p. ASh-82T radial engines. Accommodation: crew of four plus 15-32 passengers. Dimensions: span 104 ft.; length 69 ft. 11 in.; weight (maximum take off) 36,383 lb. Performance figures not available.
After being re-built by an enthusiast, Cmdr. Frank Tallman, this perfect Sopwith Camel is now flying again in the U.S.A.
A Venom N.F.Mk.2A with the markings of No. 253 Squadron prominently displayed. On the tail boom, each rectangle has a silver circle in the centre; white triangles top and bottom; a green triangle adjacent to the roundel and a red triangle completing the marking. The rectangle is repeated on the outer side of each tip tank.
DOUGLAS AD-5 SKYRAIDER. Mounting a 10,500-lb. bomb load, the AD-5 Skyraider represents the ultimate in multi-purpose, carrier-borne (single) piston engine monoplanes. Unlike the earlier AD-1 to 4 (AD-4W is also the Royal Navy A.E.W. Mk.1) and the AD-6 (improved AD-4), the AD-5 has a completely revised internal layout as well as a new (side-by-side seating) canopy and altered-shape fin and rudder. In July 1953 the AD-5 entered production in three long-range forms - AD-5W special radar search; AD-5N night operations "killer" and AD-5 day attack-bomber. The last-mentioned type is "multiplex" (many roles), and may be speedily converted to any one of a dozen types from a 12-seat transport (or 6 V.I.P.s), to a casualty evacuation 4-stretcher ambulance.
Salient features: Essentially "square-cut", the AD-5 has a broad equi-taper low wing on which sits a severe "slab-sided" fuselage dominated by a broad up-curved single fin and rudder. The powerful Wright Cyclone 18 radial appears dwarfed by comparison.
Illustration shows AD-5 in day attack form.
DOUGLAS AD-5 SKYRAIDER. Data: Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Co., El Segundo, Calif. Power: one 2,700-h.p. Wright Cyclone R-3350-26WA. Accommodation: 3-12 seats. Dimensions : Span 50 ft. 0 1/4 in.; length 40 ft. 0 5/8 in. ; height 15 ft. 9 5/8 in.; weights empty 12,313 lb.; loaded 18,799 lb. Performance: maximum speed (estimated) 365 m.p.h.; cruising 300 m.p.h.; combat radius 500 miles. Armament : Misc. wing-mounted stores and four 20-mm. cannon.
New model of the Aero Commander designated 560A has a long and roomy cabin (10 in. has been added to the fuselage forward of the the wing) and cleaned-up nacelles.
Gloster's chief photographer, Russell Adams, was responsible for this magnificent picture of an Avro (Canada) CF-100.
VICKERS SWIFT F.R.Mk.5. Intended for very fast low-level reconnaissance and ground attack work, the Swift F.R.Mk.5 is in production at South Marston and is shortly to go into service with squadrons in 2nd T.A.F. Germany. The F.R.Mk.5 embodies refinements from lessons learned with the F.Mk.4. An afterburner with two-position nozzle is fitted to the Avon engine, and the extended nose contains three obliquely mounted cameras in the nose. Only two 30-mm. Aden guns are carried, plus a wide range of external stores and 220-gallon ventral drop tank.
Salient features: The lengthened nose of the Swift 5 gives a more streamlined appearance to the fuselage than on earlier marks, although the machine is still noticeably more tubby than the Hunter. The cockpit set just aft of the deep lateral intakes, is of the full tear-drop variety without the earlier rear metal reinforcing plates. The swept wings of low aspect ratio have backward curvature on the tips and the now familiar "saw cut" or "saw tooth" on the leading edge. The swept fin is of narrow chord with a long dorsal fillet, while the swept tailplane is set high on the rear fuselage and has marked dihedral. Undercarriage mainwheels retract inwards and the nosewheel forwards.
Photograph illustrates a recent production Swift F.R.Mk.5, XD904.
VICKERS SWIFT F.R.Mk.5. Data: Manufacturer: Vickers Supermarine, South Marston, Hants. Power: one Rolls-Royce reheat Avon. Accommodation: single-seat. Dimensions: span 32 ft. 4 in.; length 42 ft . 3 in. No other data available.
Built in 1936, G-AEMW is a B.A. Swallow II (c/n. 456) modified at White Waltham to have a tandem cockpit enclosure. Powered by a 90-h.p. Cirrus Minor I, the Swallow is derived from the German Klemm L.25 of the late 1920s, of which G-AAHW (c/n. 152 of 1929) is the earliest example still on the British Register.
Most of the new features of the 1956 model Cessna 170 are internal improvements. Small external modifications include redesigned "windscreen" of the cockpit canopy.
XJ831 was originally a Marathon IA, G-AMHV, which went to W.A.A.C. as VR-NAT. On its return to the U.K. the IA was restored as G-AMHV last March for the Woodley-Farnborough ferrying. Along with ex-VR-NAS (ex-G-AMHS) it has become an R.A.E. transport with the new designation Marathon IC.
SIDDELEY SINAIA. Data: Manufacturer: Siddeley Deasy Motor Car Co., Ltd., Parkside, Coventry. Power: two 600-h.p. Siddeley Tigers. Span 86 ft. 10 in.; wing area 1.823 sq. ft. Loaded weight 16.000 lb. Loadings: power 13.3 Ib./h.p.; wing 8.9 Ib./sq. ft.